22 March in Liverpool

The dialogue will commence at 14:00 & end by 17:00. Refreshments will be provided.

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Panelists

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Pat O'Hare was the Executive Director of Harm Reduction International from its founding in 1996 until he stepped down in 2004. He was then Honorary President of IHRA from 2004 until 2011, when he was elected to the board of directors of Harm Reduction International (HRI), the new name of IHRA. His work has taken him around the world to advocate for harm reduction approaches to the problems caused by drug use, especially those caused by the sharing of injecting equipment. He has edited three books on harm reduction and has published extensively on HIV prevention, education and drug policy, and has spoken at many international conferences.
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Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos is a cardiologist, working as researcher at Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Athens-Greece and at Medical Imaging Research Center, University Hospital Gathuisberg in Leuven-Belgium. His main research interests are new modalities in cardiovascular imaging and he has received a scholarship from the Greek Society of Cardiology for research and education in this field. He has studied the effects of smoking on subclinical cardiac dysfunction using new imaging techniques since 2010.
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Russell is currently Research & Evaluation Manager at User Voice, a charity which helps and researches service users in the criminal justice system. He has been a specialist researcher, lecturer and consultant on drug use for 35 years. From the mid-1980s he helped evaluate the harm reduction approach to drug use in Merseyside, and published the first paper on harm reduction in 1987. From 1998 to 2005, he was Joint Programme Leader of the Dip/MSc in Drug Use & Addiction at Liverpool John Moore’s University, followed by 5 years as Senior Researcher for Manchester Lifeline. Since 2010 he has worked freelance as 3D Research, specialising in research on new psychoactive substances. He has published 3 books (Living with Heroin, Tripology and Magic Mushrooms) and many articles on drug use and drug problems.
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Since gaining her Brownie Wings in the 60’s, Judy has had an eclectic career including: WRAF Aircraft mechanic, drill instructor, restaurant manager, detective sergeant, MOD/MI5 gopher, Computer Consultant, twenty years in artiste management, theatre marketing/film programming and finally a Community Flood Consultant before reaching the zenith that is INNCO. A Jill of all trades and occasional mistress seems to cover it. A smoker since the invention of bike-sheds, Judy tried vaping about six years ago, reducing smoking but struggling with e-cigarette incarnations until, in 2015, technological improvements tipped the scales. Having finally eschewed cigarettes, she was astounded to discover that despite vaping being significantly safer, others were demanding draconian regulations and prohibition. Thus, a vociferous advocate for tobacco harm reduction was born. When not engaged in rebutting the latest vaping ‘research’ scare stories, overzealous state regulation or the latest calls for banning every e-liquid flavour except tobacco (the irony), she might be found nursing a large ‘Rakish Rhubarb Gin’, ambivalent to the rampaging brambles in her cottage garden.

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Concert Room

Sir Giles Gilbert Scott Suite

Liverpool Cathedral (Anglican)

St James Mount

Liverpool L1 7AZ Location map

Car parking is available. Charges apply and the entrance to the car park is on Upper Duke Street.